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Alumni Executive Board
(Subject to ratification)

Michael F. McCann
BS'74, JD

Richard Gallo
BS'79, MPA'82, MA '85,
First Vice President,

Teresa (Teri) Coaxum
BA'93, MPA'08
Second Vice President

Raymond Maniscalco
BS'77, MA'87
Third Vice President

Thomas Belfiore
BA'79, MA'96

Suzanne J. Chiofolo

Ronald Spadafora

Honorary Members

James Brito
Staten Island Coordinator

Daniel Cabrera, Jr.
BS '87, MPA '93, Washington, D.C.

Ronald Spadafora
BS '86
FDNY Coordinator

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College News

[Left Salutatorian David M. Marshall IV, President Jeremy Travis]

Welcome New Alums!
John Jay had a change of venue this year for its 46th Commencement Exercises on June 3. Students, alumni, faculty and guests gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center North for the two ceremonies. Although the final tally of graduates is not yet available, it is believed that the class of 2011 is the largest that the College has ever graduated. Nearly 300 more degrees were awarded this year than in 2010. Women were represented in greater number than men – 62 percent of graduates were female, 38 percent male. The day was the high point for undergraduate and graduate students who have worked diligently in pursuit of academic excellence. Honorary degrees were bestowed on three individuals whose contributions to justice of all types are inestimable: the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, the first woman to ever hold the position of Chief Judge of New York State; playwright Tony Kushner, whose plays include the Pulitzer-Prize winning Angels in America, and Lynn Paltrow, Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. The Valedictorian was Konrad Ornatowski and the Salutatorian David M. Marshall IV.

John Jay College Awards Two 2011 Rudin Fellowships
Two doctoral students, Cassandra Ramdath and Ginny Chan, became recipients in June of the Rudin Fellowship in Applied Justice Research. The Fellowship provides graduate students with the opportunity to work at the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College on projects related to the operations and effectiveness of public safety agencies in New York. Ramdath, a native of Toronto, is a former probation and parole officers. She earned an MA in criminology from Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and graduated with honors from the University of Ottawa with a double major in criminology and psychology. Chan, a first year PhD student in the clinical track of John Jay's Forensic Psychology program, comes from Singapore where she earned a degree in psychology from the National University of Singapore.

Prisoner Reentry Institute Releases Toolkit
John Jay's Prisoner Reentry Institute, in partnership with the Fortune Society, has released a toolkit outlining how organizations can successfully hire men and women with criminal histories. According to Ann L. Jacobs, Director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute, the toolkit will provide "concrete, feasible hiring and staff development practices" for organizations to tap the energy and "reserves of talent" in the formerly incarcerated population. It has also been praised by both U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has called the toolkit a valuable information resource, and Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), who called it a "national model for public and private employers around the country." The toolkit will be distributed to social-service providers and made available on both the Fortune Society's and the Prisoner Reentry Institute's website.

Professor Jane Katz Receives International Award
Professor Jane Katz, a former Olympian, educator and advocate of all things swimming, was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame at the United Nations last month. Katz's dedication to swimming and contribution to the sport have been internationally recognized in the past. At the XXVII Olympiad in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, Katz was presented with the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur Certificate of Merit to honor her lifetime of work.

Washington, DC Spring/Summer '11
Washington, DC Spring/Summer '11: Hon. James P. Lynch (Front row, far right) was our faculty speaker at the Connect and Reconnect Open House during Police Week this year. A Distinguished Professor at John Jay before President Obama's nomination to serve as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Dr. Lynch was welcomed graciously by Alumni Board President Michael McCann, BS'74, JD (Back row, 2nd from right). Our speaker shared his thoughts on milestones achieved by the College and the strengths of our talented student body with alumni and guests, including a member of the Class of 2011. Following-up this summer, alumnus Daniel Cabrera, Jr., BS'88, MPA'93 (Front Row, 4th from right) will host an informal Summer Reunion at his home in Columbia, MD on Saturday, July 30 at 1:00 PM. All alumni are welcome! For details, see "College Events" below.


Connect & Reconnect@John Jay
Summer Reunion in Columbia, MD
Saturday, July 30, 2011                          1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

To All John Jay Alumni!

Treat yourself to a relaxing Summer Reunion with friends, family and former classmates on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM. Our host, alumnus Daniel ("Danny") Cabrera, Jr., invites everyone to his home in Columbia, MD, for an afternoon of good food, good music and good times with the John Jay family in the Washington/ Delaware/Maryland/ Virginia area. Costs are $20 per adult and $10 per child (12 and under). Payment may be made at the event.

RSVP: If you would like to join us, please confirm by e-mail to by Saturday July 23, 2011. In your response, please include:

* your name, degree & year
number of adults & names
number of children, names & ages

Driving directions will be provided by e-mail. (Pick-up from the nearest station may also be arranged for a designated time.) If you have any questions, feel free to call Jerylle Kemp (212.237.8964) or Dan Cabrera (410-707-5338).

We hope to see you there!

2011 Summer Reunion
Home of Alumnus Daniel Cabrera, Jr.
Columbia, MD

John Jay College Alumni, Friends and Family Night
with the Staten Island Yankees
Friday, August 5, 2011 7:00 pm

On Friday evening, August 5, 2011, the Alumni Association celebrates its 5th annual Alumni, Friends & Family Night with the Staten Island Yankees! On this day – which is also "Law Enforcement Appreciation Night" -- the SI Yanks take on the Brooklyn Cyclones! Our special ticket price -- $20 per person – includes your admission ticket ... AND ...

* ALL -YOU-CAN-EAT freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, soda & water
* FREE limited edition Staten Island Yankees cap
* FREE Play Ball game program for each member of your group
* SPECTACULAR Post-game Fireworks!
* ALL KIDS (12 years & under) can run the bases for FREE after the game

PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TICKETS BY JULY 29, 2011. SEATS ARE LIMITED! You may order by purchasing online ( ; password jjay ) -- or by calling the John Jay Hotline: 718.313.1346

For more information, contact John Jay Group Rep Evan Doyle (718.313.1346; Fax: 718.273.5763)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Richmond County Bank Ballpark
75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Alumni Spotlight

Of all the many positions in law enforcement held by Floral Park, NY, Police Commissioner Stephen G. McAllister (MA, '94) over the years, perhaps the most meaningful has been his latest post. "It's my home town, I'm raising my family here," said McAllister, who has five children. "I can't think of what would be a greater accomplishment than being able to share my talent in Floral Park." McAllister, 49, began his career with the NYPD in 1984 and retired in 2009 as an inspector and commanding officer. "Basically, I ran Compstat," he said. Prior to that, McAllister served as a Transit Borough of Manhattan commander, as a precinct commander in Brooklyn, and as commanding officer of TARU (Technical Assistance Response Unit). Before being sworn-in as commissioner of the 35-officer Floral Park Police Department on July 23, 2010 McAllister spent 16 months as Newark, NJ, Police Director Garry McCarthy's chief crime strategist. "I was his right-hand man," said McAllister. By the time he came to John Jay in 1990, McAllister was a sergeant who already held a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College. "I wanted to continue my education and everyone spoke glowingly about the Criminal Justice program at John Jay," he said. While obtaining a Master of Arts degree in 1994, McAllister ran the College's New York/New Jersey training component of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HDTA). "It was all done task force style, so on my staff I had a DEA agent, an FBI agent, police from New York and New Jersey, plus my own detectives from the NYPD," he said. "We trained over 3,000 students." McAllister says he has always liked being in the classroom. Nowadays, in addition to being a police commissioner, McAllister is also an adjunct professor, teaching a class called Technology in Law Enforcement at Berkeley College in Manhattan. "I always taught at the police department," he said. "I was the head of training for Internal Affairs." Of his days at John Jay, McAllister believes the College broadened his outlook by introducing him to people who while not police, were involved in the criminal justice system. "In law enforcement, we tend to get a little myopic in our vision," said McAllister. "It's good to see different perspectives, and what I think John Jay afforded me more than anything else."

Student Highlights
Julia Szendro

Julia Szendro, a senior in the CUNY BA program at John Jay, is holding off on plans for graduate school. The first item on her agenda, after having won a prestigious Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, will be to return to her native Hungary in September for extensive research in the area of youth who are at risk of homelessness or criminal activity. During Hungary's communist era, "people weren't allowed to be homeless. They were put into shelters or escorted away, but weren't visible in the public sphere," said Szendro. Now, more than 20 years after the land of her birth became a parliamentary republic, homelessness is an issue, its emergence coinciding with a rise in troubled youth who are struggling to find their place. Szendro, who this spring earns a self-designed CUNY Baccalaureate degree in criminal justice and social justice through John Jay College of Criminal Justice, intends to use her Fulbright grant to seek solutions. "These youth have difficulty transitioning from schools into jobs and just finding their way into adulthood," she says, adding that the lack of specialized services and employment opportunities, as well as alienation from parents who grew up in an entirely different Hungary, she added, help explain the situation. Szendro was born in Hungary to a Hungarian father and American mother. No stranger to socially conscious activism, she traveled to New Orleans while in high school to participate in the demolition and restoration of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. She spent the summer between high school and college in Nicaragua, building a house as part of a cultural exchange program. Szendro will work with the National Institute for Criminology in Budapest, researching possible programs that could help young Hungarians avoid the streets and find meaningful pursuits after high school and college. She'll also keep her eye on two troubling developments that she has previously studied, the rise in nationalism among young people and the increasing pressure on the Roma (Gypsy) population.

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